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IS militants claim capturing US weapons in Afghanistan

IS militants claim capturing US weapons in Afghanistan

KABUL: Fighters linked to the militant Islamic State (IS) group have released photos that purport to show weapons and equipment that belonged to American soldiers and were seized by the group in eastern Afghanistan.

The photos show an American portable rocket launcher, radio, grenades and other gear not commonly used by Afghan troops, as well as close-up views of identification cards for a US Army soldier, Specialist Ryan Larson.

The US military command in Kabul denied any suggestion that the soldier had been captured, saying he “has been accounted for and remains in a duty status within his unit”.

American special operations troops have been fighting alongside Afghan forces in a renewed offensive against militants who claim allegiance to IS in Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan.

In July, US commanders said at least five special forces personnel were injured in fighting in the province.

The website that published the photos speculated that the equipment and weapons were left behind during that engagement, but a US military spokesman said American officials were still trying to determine exactly when and how they were lost.

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2016

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